13 Races to Keep You Moving This Fall

From 5Ks and marathons to obstacle courses and scavenger hunts, here are 13 local the races to check out this season


Urban Dare
Solve clues to hunt down checkpoints, where you tackle challenges or take photos of your team performing ridiculous dares, all while covering 5 to 7 miles. SEPTA and smartphones are allowed.

When: October 1st at noon
Where: O’Shea’s Pub, 1907 Sansom Street
Cost: $90 per two-person team

Rest in Peace 5K Run
A creepy evening race through East Falls will get you in the Halloween spirit. Costumes encouraged.

When: October 1st at 5 p.m.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
Cost: $35

AIDS Run Philly
Run this 5K race to raise money for the AIDS Fund, which provides services to over 30,000 people in the Delaware Valley. There’s also a 12K walk, if you’re up for a long jaunt.

When: October 16th at 8 a.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Drive near the Art Museum
Cost: $50

Halloween Hustle
A trek out to Hershey is worth it for this race. Indulge in a chocolate bar while you’re there.

When: October 29th at 9 a.m.
Where: Penn State Hershey University Fitness Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey
Cost: $20


Y12K Race
Race a scenic 7.45 mile route along Martin Luther King Drive and help raise money for WHYY.

When: November 12th at 9 a.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Drive near the Art Museum
Cost: $45

Rothman Institute 8K
The Rothman’s a pre-cursor to the  Philly marathon and half-marathon events, making for a two-day racing crescendo.

When: November 19th at 7:30 a.m.
Where: 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $45

Philadelphia Marathon
Winding from the Art Museum to Old City and way up into Fairmount Park, this course provides the most scenic and historic Philly tour you’ll ever experience.

When: November 20th at 7 a.m.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway and North 22nd Street
Cost: $125

Abington YMCA Gobble Wobble
A Thankgiving Day 5K is a great way to burn off that pumpkin pie—plus, it’s faster than a football game.

When: November 24th at 9 a.m.
Where: Abington YMCA, 1073 Old York Road
Cost: $25